In spite of everything, Daniel Romano has been one of the most prolific rock musicians on the planet this year. He's released seven albums and one EP, including a live project OKAY WOW which spans the Canadian musician's impressive career scouring the tomes of Americana and British Invasion rock and finding what works for him. On September 18, he'll share another new LP as Daniel Romano's Outfit, How Ill Thy World is Ordered, via You've Changed Records.
The first single from the project is "A Rat Without A Tale," a psychedelic j'accuse recalling early solo George Harrison. His lyrics have the feverish quality of someone putting their entire heart into fomenting insurrection via symbolism — a refreshing, rocking dose of subliminal incitement. For the music video, premiering today on The FADER, Romano dons a rat mask and faces the camera, mouthing the lyrics.
True to form, Romano offered this elusive statement with the video: "A rat without a tale, history falsified, bring your rodenticide, for the things that claw and bite, spread disease and blight, the cowards, the scourge, the wingless bird, the voice of the sewer, the great ill-doer, like a spoiled egg, the original plague. They move, they dance, they loan and finance, they curse and prevail like a rat without a tale. Look out baby.”
How Ill Thy World is Ordered is out September 18. Preorder it here.
thumbnail photo by Rosie Cohe